I started the day exhausted from not enough sleep, and all the riding, climbing was taking it’s toll on my 78 year old body… John B was there with crew, (Jeanie, Kaya, Josh and Gordan). The weather seemed ok, but warmer than I expected. We made good time to the Clayton turn off. I think I took to much time and some got impatient, so the group go a little split up at that point.
I rode most of Morgan Territories with JB. We talked about how Stephen King must have had the Morgan Territories in mind in his book the “Talisman”. It’s beautiful but a little creepy. Maybe the gnarly trees and the remoteness of it all.
The descent was slow for me. One of my brake pads were out of adjustment (thumping) and way too much headwind. I started feeling better and hopped in behind Ramon and Tim so I wouldn’t loose them. They weren’t to sure of the directions.
I lost contact with the front of the pack and the gang behind me, so I did the climb by myself, going from hot, to cold, and bonked, to not so bonked. By the last 4 miles I had had it, and on the last 200ft was tapping the amazing speed of 4.2 mph.
We ate a little and took some picts, then headed down. My front brake was really thumping and it was quite un-nerving! I thought the amount of traffic was insane WTF!! Tim was getting really impatient with the traffic and even forced a ranger off the road! I sheepishly rode by and looked away … We passed the gang on the way down but I didn’t slow down. I just yelled “Later” and kept going. I was bonked and tired and wanted to get home. I wasn’t being snobby : )
I enjoyed riding with JB and his posse. It was a nice change to hang out with some different faces. The day went by pretty quick. I’m beat up so not too much elaboration here. I had a great time. The scenery was awesome and I spent most of my time immersed in it all.
One more hill to climb, and I’m really looking forward to a couple days of the bike to get myself organized for the pilgrimage to L.A.
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